Saturday, May 12, 2012

Daily Digest May 11, 2012 030


19h26 -Conflit étudiant · La FECQ rejette l'entente avec le gouvernement
18h58 -Affaires étrangères · Mission en Libye: le coût grimpe
18h49 -Politique · Ottawa octroie 3,75 millions $ à Mirabel
18h35 -Conflit étudiant · Les étudiants du Saguenay rejettent l'offre
17h47 -Dans une semaine · Masques lors des manifestations : nouvelles mesures
17h19 -Carré blanc de l'armistice · Des médecins se joignent au mouvement
17h17 -Selon un livre · La souveraineté permettrait d'économiser des milliards
17h08 -Santé · Québec aura un nouvel avion-hôpital en service dès l'hiver prochain
16h56 -Canada · Le ministre Baird favorise un organisme sans respecter les règles en place
16h20 -Médias · Le Globe and Mail va devenir payant sur internet
12h27 -Armes d'épaule · Registre parallèle : avertissement du commissaire de la GRC


True cost of Libya mission was seven times gov't. estimate: documents

The stated purpose of Canada bombing Libya was to protect civilians.
Did the expenditure achieve the purpose?

UN envoy: Libya unstable but moving to democracy | WSLS 10.

Libya moving to democracy through torture? ­ RT

Three accounts of the Libyan revolution explain the sudden unravelling of Muammer Gaddafi's brutal regime

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Mulcair aims to divide and conquer, Eric Duhaime, May 09, 2012

Re: Mulcair aims to divide and conquer, Eric Duhaime, May 09, 2012

Eric Duhaime claims that there is absolutely no scientific evidence the Canadian manufacturing sector has lost 500,000 jobs as a result of an artificially high Canadian dollar. But the research of Dr. Serge Coulombe, professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, attributes about a third of the Canadian manufacturing jobs that disappeared between 2002 and 2007 to Dutch disease. Canada needs an industrial and energy policy which balances resource development with protection of the environment and maintenance of our manufacturing and tourist sectors. Those who care only about maximum profits through the export of unprocessed bitumen are the ones really dividing the country.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: The Commons: A long night of known unknowns DD

Joe--the statements by CPC MPs is very enlightening--they are not responsible for anything--others are making the decisions? Where does the buck stop??? Obviously no one will be accountable for this fiasco but as usual we will pay.

From: "Tom Brewer"

Ughhh, where does it end? Low-ball this or that once but then more! Perhaps the Minister has a math problem... Like maybe Grade Two! If the figures come in as we expect they will... then this government needs to be turfed! Indeed we expect the Minister or at least the staff can add and the Minister to have the intestinal fortitude to judiciously report the facts! If this can't be done then its time to change the players. One has to wonder what other math mistakes lurk in the books!!

Underestimating the expense of freeing Libya, I assume you are referring to. The $10 billion on the F 35's was explained. Wasn't it?

From: Joseph <>
Subject: Victoria Grant on the Corrupt Canadian Banking System at the Public Banking In America Conference, Philadelphia, April 27-28 « Public Banking

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Victoria Grant on the Corrupt Canadian Banking System at the Public Banking In America Conference, Philadelphia, April 27-28

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Administrator

publicbankingtv • • May 8, 2012

12-year old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt. April 27, 2012 at the Public Banking in America Conference, Philadelphia, PA. For more information see

Or, watch the video here.

"Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes that nation's laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation. Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile." -William Lyon Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada.
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From: "Canadian Veterans Advocacy" <>
Subject: EXCLUSIVE: Injured Canadian soldiers suing Ottawa over benefits

EXCLUSIVE: Injured Canadian soldiers suing Ottawa over benefits

Global News : Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:19 PM

Read it on Global News: Global Edmonton | EXCLUSIVE: Injured Canadian soldiers suing Ottawa over benefits


A group of injured Canadian soldiers is launching a class-action lawsuit against the federal government over services and benefits for veterans.

The soldiers say Ottawa's treatment of them is shameful, and a newer veterans charter – touted as an improvement – Is actually worse than the old one.

Maj. Mark Campbell is one of these veterans. He lost both of his legs in June 2008 after an improvised explosive device detonated beneath him during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan.

His left leg was all but vapourized in the blast. His right leg barely hung on by a few strands of shredded bone and tissue.

Today, he suffers phantom limb pain where his left leg below the knee used to be – an excruciating kind of torment so severe, he needs methadone to manage it. He's on maximum allowable doses of other pain medications, and their list of side-effects is long. "But I have no choice," the Edmonton father of two says. "It's that, or I don't want to live."

Campbell also has "severe abdominal scarring, ruptured right eardrum, and traumatic brain injury, which has resulted in short-term memory loss."

He says learned to live with his disability, but not with the way he's been treated by the government.

"I can take being legless. That's not too hard to take," he told Global News. "What's really hard to take is seeing my family falling apart, watch my wife and children – my children failing school, because we're looking at no long-term financial security."

Campbell is one of a growing number of veterans discovering their disability benefits are actually lower under the newer veterans charter, which was introduced in 2006. "(There is) 40 per cent less financial compensation over the course of my lifetime, easily."

The Equitas Society, a support group for veterans headed by Vancouver police officer Jim Scott, says the benefits have proven to be woefully inadequate.

"The new veterans' charter has reduced the benefits to disabled soldiers by one-third for severely disabled soldiers, and to up to 90 per cent for partially disabled soldiers," Scott says, whose son was badly injured in Afghanistan.

"They have no remedy other than the courts, because they have brought this issue to Veterans Affairs Canada and have been basically with presented with spin, denial and refusal that there is a problem."

Equitas also says disabled veterans are receiving less than what civilians get under workers' compensation programs.

The group has been working for months on the class-action lawsuit, even persuading national law firm Miller Thomson to take the case for free. A suit such as this would normally cost millions of dollars.

"I'm outraged that two young men that I actually know, were so badly treated after serving our country so bravely," says lawyer Don Sorochan in Vancouver. He believes the government is not upholding its end of the bargain with veterans who risk life and limb for Canada.

"There's a social contract which, put very simply, is to look after (soldiers), to make sure they're looked after. Now, people say what does that mean? And I'm trying to say that there's a constitutional aspect to that social contract."

The lawsuit will cite Section 15 of the Charter of Rights, which provides every Canadian with equal protection and benefit of the law, without discrimination.

Campbell says there's no other option than the lawsuit, and is optimistic about the outcome. "We're gonna win this one too, because we're talking about natural justice."

But that success could be years away as the case winds its way through the courts. In the meantime, it will take several more weeks for lawyers to compile the lawsuit.

To avert another legal war, Equitas says it would prefer Ottawa to replace the veterans' charter.

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From: "Sinclair Stevens"
Subject: Text of msg posted on facebook

Hello Joe
I have posted the comments below at this link

Have a nice weekend

It is tragic that injured Canadian veterans must sue Ottawa to receive their benefits.

The plight of Maj. Mark Campbell, one of these veterans, who lost both of his legs in June 2008 after an improvised explosive device detonated beneath him during an ambush in Afghanistan, is totally wrong and unnecessary.

The class action that has ensued should have never been required.

As President of the Treasury Board in the Clark Government I can remember during our examination of the veteran's estimates I enquired about a certain item running into the millions which was projected over seven years with respect to veteran's future assistance.

It was startling to be told by one of the department's civil servants that we would not have to worry about that item in a few years.

When I asked why I was told that the veterans concerned would likely be dead.

This type of compassionless thinking pervades the civil servants who are mainly concerned with whatever figures are before them without much regard to the fact they are talking about the lives of Canadian citizens who have legitimate claims resulting from war time mental and physical injuries.

If you have a weak Cabinet Minister in charge of a department such as Veterans Affairs his civil service will dominate most decisions, and will show little sympathy for a veteran's mental and physical injuries.

Currently when I have had chats with those that are in the know with respect to what is happening in Veterans Affairs I have been appalled at the lack of compassion extended to our veterans.

This must be changed but can only be changed at the Cabinet level with a severe direction to the Minister of Veterans Affairs that veterans' legitimate claims for compensation must be accepted so that they receive appropriate medical attention.

It is strange that Government rightfully pays tribute to those who have died in a war but tolerate their civil service treating those that have survived the war, but have serious mental and physical injuries, in a cavalier fashion to save costs.

The cost of war, and what ensues post-war, in a government's estimates should in future include a substantial estimate of the ongoing cost of war's injuries to our troops that will be incurred in future years.

Not only should these estimates of the costs of injuries be factored into the government's long term figures, which are currently treated as a current expense, but the Civil Service must be instructed that it is their job to implement what is needed on behalf of war veterans to relieve their service inflicted injuries.
It is not their job to yearly attempt to slash these costs.

Only a strong government and a strong minister would ensure that in future years our veterans would not be shortchanged.

In the Mulroney Government the power of the Civil Service was brought home to me as Minister of Industry.

Time and again there were instances where the Cabinet would decide on something only to find the Civil Service would tend to implement what they thought was right rather than follow the wishes of Cabinet.

The Clerk of the Privy Council has tremendous power.

He calls the shots through the Government's Deputy Ministers who meet with him every week.

It is what is decided at those weekly meetings that determines what will be implemented, and how it will be implemented.

In the case of our veterans the present government must, at the Cabinet level, give a suitable direction to the Department of Veterans Affairs so that the Deputy Minister in that department and the Clerk of the Privy Council will understand that they are to implement a fair, responsive treatment for veterans' ailments that are due to serving their country.